Cheney accuses Pelosi of 'bad behavior'

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., of "bad behavior" for visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Carter defends Pelosi's Syria trip

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Former President Jimmy Carter says he supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria, despite criticism of the visit by the Bush administration.

Pelosi meets with Syrian president

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 4 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Wednesday despite objections from the Bush administration.

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 3 (UPI) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Damascus Tuesday, the highest-ranking U.S. politician to visit Syria since 2003.

Pelosi criticized for Syria visit

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn fire from the Bush administration for her planned visit to Syria.

Musharraf seeks to help Palestinians

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Saturday began a four-day Mideast tour aimed at devising a strategy to bring Palestinians together.

Iraq president to talk with Iran leaders

BAGHDAD, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- After warming relations with Syria, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani announced he will travel to Tehran to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Assad: Syria and Israel can achieve peace

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the BBC that the United States cannot function as "an impartial arbiter" in talks with Israel.

Many Israelis feel defeated

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Many Israelis -- soldiers and civilians, left and right -- say they think the one-month war with Hezbollah was a failure.

German minister cancels Syria meeting

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Germany's foreign minister called off a meeting with Syria's president after the Middle Eastern leader blamed the region's troubles on the United States.

Syria's Assad calls for Mideast cease-fire

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 19 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Lebanese crisis and called on the international community to arrange for it.

Kidnapped Israeli settler's body found

JERUSALEM, June 28 (UPI) -- Palestinian militants allegedly killed a kidnapped Israeli settler as Israeli forces moved on Gaza and the West Bank, looking for a kidnapped Israeli soldier.

Ex-Lebanon PM killing inquiry continues

UNITED NATIONS, June 11 (UPI) -- The head of the United Nations investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said it was probably a suicide attack.

Assad: Holocaust numbers don't matter

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 28 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a U.S. television interviewer that the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust is unimportant.

Assad will not meet U.N. investigators

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Syria's president has turned down a meeting request from a U.N. team probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad waves to supporters in the street after addressing parliament on March 30, 2011 in Damascus, Syria. Al-Assad ordered a committee to conduct an investigation into the deaths of protesters and also to study the lifting of emergency laws. UPI

Bashar al-Assad (Arabic: بشار حافظ الأسد‎, Baššār al-ʾAsad; born 11 September 1965) is the President of Syria and Regional Secretary of the Ba'ath Party. His father Hafez al-Assad ruled Syria for 29 years until his death. Al-Assad was elected in 2000 and 2007, but was unopposed each time.

Bashar al-Assad was born in Damascus on 11 September 1965, the son of Aniseh (née Makhluf) and Hafez al-Assad. Initially Bashar had few political aspirations. His father had been grooming Bashar's older brother, Basil al-Assad, as a future president. Bashar studied ophthalmology at Damascus University 1988 and arrived in London in 1992 to continue his studies. He was recalled in 1994 to join the Syrian army after Basil's death in an automobile accident. Bashar entered the military academy at Homs, north of Damascus, following the death of Basil, and was propelled through the ranks to become a colonel in January 1999. The accident made Bashar his father's new heir-apparent.

When the elder Assad died in 2000, Bashar was appointed leader of the Baath-Party and the Army and was elected president unopposed with what the regime claimed to be a massive popular support (97.2% of the votes), after the Majlis Al Sha'ab (Parliament) swiftly voted to lower the minimum age for candidates from 40 to 34 (Assad's age when he was elected). On 27 May 2007 Bashar was approved as president for another seven-year term, with the official result of 97.6% of the votes in a referendum without another candidate.

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